5 Ways to Keep Your Child Engaged During COVID-19
It’s a tough time to be a parent. Due to Covid-19, schools have closed in dozens of states and we’re faced with the responsibility of continuing our child’s education at home, as well as offering some creativity, fun, and play. While it’s a blessing to spend so much time with our children, it can be a tough balancing act with work, stress, and within the confines of our home.
As you begin to mimic your children’s academic schedule, you might also be realizing that you don’t have the proper spaces, activities, or equipment to keep your child engaged and unafraid. We’re weathering this storm together. As an employee now working from home, I’m realizing this in my family as we try to create a school schedule that coincides with our new work-from-home routine. Here are the 5 ways we intend to keep our child learning and engaged in our home.
Kids need to learn – and it’s very hard to focus without a proper workspace. Depending on your home and the space you have to work with, a workspace could be the family dining table, a stylish kid’s desk, or a full-on gaming desk that sometimes has homework completed on it. If you’re teaching multiple children, consider kid-friendly tables and storage cubes to keep your supplies organized.
And when it comes to learning, your child might need an array of gadgets including a tablet or computer for their online courses, arts and crafts supplies to keep their minds creative, and STEM activities to explain complicated concepts.
It’s interesting when you think of all the ways we learn and the activities that help build those problem-solving parts of the brain. I define activities as things you do with your hands like modeling clay, gardening, building blocks, puzzles, soapmaking, and cooking.
It’s amazing how you can apply the basics of architecture, engineering, chemistry, and logic, and teach them to children with fun activities. For example, something as simple as baking cookies can not only teach your child how to follow instructions, but it can teach them the basics of chemistry too. Try to bring both structured and free-form play into your kid’s activities to see how they learn best.
Outdoor play is so important for your child’s health, imagination, and happiness. If you live in an urban environment, you might need park toys like balls, skateboards, scooters, or bikes. If you live in the suburbs or on a stretch of land, maybe you have room for a play structure like a swing set or trampoline. And you can always just do some good old-fashioned exploring or hide and seek with them as well, both inside and out.
We are always searching to see what our child is drawn to so we can support their interests and bring some joy in their lives. Old-school hobbies like gardening, model making, sewing, art, and music are fun, interactive hobbies that can develop your child’s skills. If your kid is drawn to the digital world, consider activities like computer programming, gaming, and drones to keep them engaged. There is so much to learn while doing what you love, and there’s usually a sense of pride as they become more skilled in their craft of choice.
With the coronavirus pandemic closing schools, our children are being isolated in a way they have never experienced, and even though we will try our best to engage on their level, we are not our children’s peer group. Set up a movie night where your child watches a video with friends on the Xbox or tablet. Gaming is a great way to let kids have fun while chatting with their friends through a gaming headset. You can also make cards and send them to friends in the mail. Social media can be another opportunity, as well as video chat to help your children maintain social connections. Whatever you do, try and give children the space they need with their peers so they have the opportunity to socialize.
The sky is the limit when it comes to setting up your homeschool routine, and you will be the best judge of what works for your child and your space. We would love to hear how you’re homeschooling experience is goings. Share your ideas with us on our Facebook! And remember, no one is better prepared for your child’s needs than you. You got this.
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